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Finger-Puppet Favors

Introduction

Felt finger puppets placed atop candy sticks and arranged in containers make a sweet and simple Thanksgiving centerpiece that will keep kids entertained long after the meal ends.

Print out Turkey and Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet templates; trace them onto felt, and cut out. Use contrasting colors for pilgrim hats and bonnets and their decorative bands. For the turkeys, you'll need at least four colors: two for the tail feathers and wattle, one for the body, and one for the beak. Use pinking shears or scallop-shaped craft scissors for the scallop-edged turkey pieces.

Pilgrim Hat How-To

Glue a thin band to the longest edge of a trapezoid; roll the trapezoid into a cylinder shape, and glue the seam. Brush the bottom edge of the cylinder's wider, banded opening with glue, and affix it to the inner edge of the doughnut-shaped brim; to create the top of the hat, glue the small circle to the other end of the cylinder.

Bonnet How-To

Glue contrasting trim to the long edge of a T-shaped felt piece. Make tiny holes in the T-shaped piece as indicated on the template. Fold the T-flap down, and pull the side flaps in. Glue the edges together to form a bonnet. Use a needle to thread 1/8-inch-wide ribbon through the holes, and knot them at the center.

Turkey How-To

Glue the small tailpiece to the larger one with the straight edges flush. Hand-sew the long edge of the completed tailpiece to the center of the back of the body. Glue the wattle to the front of the body, and stitch the beak just above the wattle. Sew on seed beads for eyes. Stitch the body halves together to form a tube, leaving the straight bottom edge open.

Turkey and Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet Templates

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 1999

Reviews (11)

  • augustgirls 7 Nov, 2012

    The PDF file for "Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet templates" is not available, can you please bring it back, we really want to make these hats.

    thanks

  • bshmily 17 Nov, 2009

    Now that I have the turkeys done, how do I stick them to the candy canes?

  • Anna_Marie 22 Nov, 2008

    These are so cute! But I agree, lakotakat...where are the boy and girl Indians? Maybe braids, long black hair and feathers/headbands? I like to collect the full set!

  • craftyfingers 20 Nov, 2008

    I think I'll make the turkeys as pencil toppers for my students. Very cute!

  • yellowflower 20 Nov, 2008

    The turkey template refers to one piece as "tail", I think it was supposed to say "wattle"?

  • lakotakat 20 Nov, 2008

    Agree that using foam is probably better (and quicker) than sewing. AND what about some foan feathers to indicate the natives, hmmmm?

  • Kaziah 20 Nov, 2008

    You can use the turkey with one body piece, sew or glue a pin back on it and they make wonderful Turkey lapel pins. A gift for the hostess maybe.

  • silver007 20 Nov, 2008

    we will try these with craft foam or paper to avoid the sewing

  • soapylulu 20 Nov, 2008

    I'm Canadian so our Thanksgiving has already passed but these really made me laugh. What a great conversation starter. I will be tucking this idea away for next year. Thanks Martha.

  • annieanne 20 Nov, 2008

    We are missionaries in the Dominican Republic,

  • TeriO 16 Sep, 2008

    I remember when this craft first came out several years ago. I made a lot, along with the pilgrim ship. My kids and their cousins loved them. To this day, we still have some and enjoy playing with them, even though my kids are entering the teen years. Thanks for keeping these great "old" crafts around!